By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
Police have made two arrests in the Tuesday afternoon armed robbery of the Swifty gas station on Big Hill Avenue.
Dustin W. Lynch, 27, of Paint Lick, was charged with first-degree robbery, and Robert B. Penman, 21, no permanent address, was charged with complicity to first-degree robbery, according to a news release from Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.
RPD officers were sent to the Swifty gas station at 4:42 p.m. after receiving a report of an armed robbery, Brock said.
“Upon arrival, officers learned that a man, later identified as Lynch, had entered the business, brandished a pocket knife, and demanded money from the employee on duty,” Brock said in the release.
The robber fled on foot after the Swifty employee surrendered an undisclosed amount of cash, the release stated.
Officers reported tracking Lynch to a Keri Ann Drive residence, and after searching the home they found Lynch hiding in the bathroom, Brock said. A pocket knife and a portion of the stolen money also was found in the bathroom, according to the release.
Penman, who had been seen with Lynch near the gas station just prior to the robbery, also was in the home’s bedroom with a portion of the stolen money, Brock said.
After being taken to the Madison County Detention Center, Penman was served with a bench warrant charging him with a probation violation in connection with a prior felony drug conviction, Brock reported.
Both Lynch and Penman have been arrested multiple times in the past several years, according to jail records. Lynch was arrested Dec. 26 and charged with multiple theft-related offenses after Richmond police say they found him and an accomplice stealing copper from air conditioning units at the Richmond Flea Market on Northgate Drive.